As some of you may know, I’m not only a blogger, but I’m an author – Novels, Short Stories, Anthologies, and the occasional collection of pet stories. I also teach classes on Writing the Short Story.
Why Write Short Stories?
“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.”
― Lorrie Moore
There are a lot of reasons to write short stories. The SS allows the writer to ‘test drive’ an idea. Will the idea sustain an 80K novel? Or is it more suitable for a 7500-word story?
LOVE for the Craft: Authors who wish to write every day for the love of writing find that writing short stories gives them immediate gratification to type ‘THE END.’ In this way, the short story is a great motivator.
FOCUS: With a short story, the writer is forced to focus on the story’s point. Present the Inciting Incident, introduce the characters, and create a solid storyline. This is especially useful to writers that tend to include a lot of backstories. The SS doesn’t allow for too much – they’re limited on how many words they can use.
REPUTATION: How many famous writers started by using the SS as their vehicle? One always comes to my mind – Stephen King. And then there are many others: Edgar Alan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Margaret Atwood, Mark Twain, and, and. While most of these authors are famous novelists, they started their careers by writing SSs.
If a writer wants to get their name out in several publications – the short story works well.
NEW to WRITING? Newbie writers need to start by writing every day. Another tool is to join an online writing group. Most groups are free to join, and you can post your stories, receive feedback, and read other authors’ writing.
IF YOU HAVE a GREAT STORY – please send it to me at patty@mustangpatty to see if it will fit in an upcoming Anthology. I present three per year. One is the Annual Anthology – which is a mixture of Genres, and features writers of all different levels. There are two others which have theme/genre restrictions.
I read ALL submissions!